Inspired by some photos tagged on Pinterest,
I decided I had been neglecting my needlework.
(I have been working on a baby quilt, but as the
baby isn't due until several months from now,
the surprise musn't be spoiled by showing
the finished quilt too soon.)
Some adorable 'pinkeeps' which I have
always called pincushions, are showing up
on blogs, and I really love them. This one
was created from a traditional border pattern
found in The Complet Book of Cross Stitch
by Eleanor Van Zandt. I've used this pattern
many times to make bookmarks. It's fast and easy,
so I decided to try my hand at this
'drum' shaped pincushion.
It's taller and thinner than the examples I saw,
but turned out well, I think. Stuffed within an inch
of its' life to make it stand up! (weighted with a couple
of nickels inside the bottom to make it stable!)
The cross-stitched bookmarks are stiffened
with fabric glue on the end of large paper clips.
They have cotton fabric for backing.
I made a dozen of these in one evening.
Let dry overnight, and then trim close to stitching.
A diversion from my paper arts...
but will be returning to that soon.
Must get my Halloween swaps ready!